Havant aim to complete Basingstoke hat-trick

Ben Brierley is back.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (142734-460)
Ben Brierley is back. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142734-460)
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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Will Knight has warned Havant not to underestimate lowly Basingstoke in tomorrow’s London one south clash.

Knight’s men need to end their losing run of three games.

But they have held the upper hand against Basingstoke with two wins against them already this season, in league and cup.

They are going for the treble, however their struggling hosts will be fired up for the game.

Havant head coach Knight said: ‘Basingstoke have had a tough time since their well-documented problems.

‘But even when we beat them easily in the cup they showed they had some good players willing to fight for the cause.

‘We must give them the utmost respect because if we don’t then we can easily come a cropper.

‘First and foremost in our mind must be to go there and end our own run of defeats.’

The visitors welcome Steve Cruddas back into the front row in the only change in the forwards.

But it is in the three-quarters where most changes are made.

Jake Reynolds returns to scrum-half after missing three weeks because of work commitments, with Grant Morris switching to inside centre.

Powerful winger Ben Brierley is back on one flank with the promising Rob Paterson on the other.

Pete Living gets the nod ahead of Pat Gains at full-back.